Yellowstone vandal gets wrist slap sentence

Credit: NPS

Credit: NPS

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Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 07.27.16

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A Texas man will spend 72 hours in jail and pay $250 in restitution for carving his initials in the iconic Roosevelt Arch at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

Park Rangers say an alert visitor spotted 26-year-old Dakota D. Tipton of Joshua, Texas, scratching the initials "DDT" into the arch on June 10th. Appearing via phone, he was sentenced by a judge in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. The U.S. Marshal’s Service will decide where Tipton will spend his three days in jail.

In April of 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt laid Roosevelt’s Arch cornerstone, the arch carries the inscription “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People.”  Words taken from the Organic Act of 1872, which was the legislation that created Yellowstone National Park.

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